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Create a new Assembly

POST https://api2.transloadit.com/assemblies

An Assembly can process and export files. Assembly Instructions determine how we should process them. Instructions can be passed in directly (inside a steps parameter), or be saved in a Template (referred to in a template_id parameter). Templates allow you to re-use instructions, evolve them without deploying your app, and to not expose any secrets to where your app is deployed.

We accept multipart/form-data POST requests to accommodate regular <form> uploads to our service (as well as XHR / SDK usage).

Multiple files can be included as part of this request. If you want to perform resumable file uploads, the files are not included in this request as described in Resumable Uploads.

POST fields

  • Passing signature is optional. For more information please check Signature Authentication.
  • Passing params is required. It should contain a JSON encoded object with the keys as shown in the table below.
  • Passing num_expected_upload_files is optional. When using resumable uploads, it specifies the nunber of files that will be uploaded. More details are provided in Resumable Uploads.
You can also supply other POST fields (that are not named params, signature or num_expected_upload_files) here. They can be used as variables to make your Assembly Instructions dynamic.

Supported keys inside the params field

  • auth

    Object required

    Contains at least your Transloadit Auth Key in the key property.

    If you enable Signature Authentication, you'll also set an expiry date for the request in the expires property like so:

      "key": "23c96d084c744219a2ce156772ec3211",
      "expires": "2024/01/01 16:53:14+00:00"

    The referer property is a regular expression to match against the HTTP referer of this upload, such as "example\.org". Specify this key to make sure that uploads only come from your domain.

    Uploads without a referer will always pass (as they are turned off for some browsers) making this useful in just a handful of use cases. For details about regular expressions, see Mozilla's RegExp documentation.

    The max_size property can be used to set a maximum size that an upload can have in bytes, such as 1048576 (1 MB). Specify this to prevent users from uploading excessively large files.

    This can be set as part of the Assembly request or as part of the Template.

    The file size is checked as soon as the upload is started and if it exceeds the maximum size, the entire upload process is canceled and the Assembly will error out, even if it contains files that do not exceed the max_size limitation.

    If you want to just ignore the files that exceed a certain size, but process all others, then please use 🤖/file/filter.

  • steps

    Object ⋅ default: {}

    Contains Assembly Instructions. Example:

    "encoded": {
      "use": ":original",
      "robot": "/video/encode",
      "preset": "iphone-high"
    "thumbed": {
      "use": "encoded",
      "robot": "/video/thumbs",
      "count": 8

    Note: By default, the steps parameter allows you to override Template Steps at runtime. However, if allow_steps_override is set to false, then steps and template_id become mutually exclusive. In this case, you can only supply one of these parameters. See Overruling Templates at Runtime.

  • template_id

    String ⋅ default: ""

    The ID of the Template that contains your Assembly Instructions. If you set allow_steps_override to false then steps and template_id will be mutually exclusive and you may only supply one of these parameters.

  • notify_url

    String ⋅ default: ""

    Transloadit can send a Pingback to your server when the Assembly is completed. We'll send the Assembly status in a form url-encoded JSON string inside of a transloadit field in a multipart POST request to the URL supplied here.

  • fields

    Object ⋅ default: {}

    An object of string to string pairs (name -> value) that can be used as Assembly Variables, just like additional form fields can. For example, to dynamically have us resize images based on an end-user provided width, you could use ${fields.user_width} in your Assembly Instructions, and either post an <input name="user_width" value="800" /> or supply this fields param with the following object:

      "user_width": 800
  • allow_steps_override

    Boolean ⋅ default: true

    Set this to false to disallow Overruling Templates at Runtime. If you set this to false then template_id and steps will be mutually exclusive and you may only supply one of those parameters. Recommended when deploying Transloadit in untrusted environments. This makes sense to set as part of a Template, rather than on the Assembly itself when creating it.

  • quiet

    Boolean ⋅ default: false

    Set this to true to reduce the response from an Assembly POST request to only the necessary fields. This prevents any potentially confidential information being leaked to the end user who is making the Assembly request. A successful Assembly will only include the ok and assembly_id fields. An erroneous Assembly will only include the error, http_code, message and assembly_id fields. The full Assembly Status will then still be sent to the notify_url if one was specified.


Here’s an example response body:

For more information about the response, please refer to our documentation for the Assembly Status response.